International Olympic Committee (IOC) will introduce five new games in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. IOC has decide to add Karate, Surfing, Skate Boarding, Sport climbing and Baseball/softball in next Olympics.
Baseball (for men) and Softball (for women) were previously part of Olympics from 1992 to 2008 as separate entities, but now they have been readmitted together. All the other games will be introduced for the first time in the next Olympics. These recommendations were presented in July by the Tokyo organisers with the support of IOC executive board.
IOC believes it will be an “exciting” opportunity to introduce these dynamic sports in the upcoming games. IOC president Thomas Bach said that this will attract youth and give young people more opportunities.
“With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them,” he said.
The decision was taken unanimously by the committee two days before Rio Olympics 2016, amidst consistent negative reports from Rio Olympic village.
IOC is facing issues as the Games are losing importance due to many issues. Ahead of this edition of the Olympics, host nation Brazil has drawn negative publicity, including political instability—President Dilma Roussef faces impeachment—as well as economic turmoil. Social issues such as the heightened crime and Zika threats have also plagued the country.
It is posing to be a big challenge for the IOC to find potential countries ready to host the Games. With the increasing pressures to host the Games, many bidders have withdrawn from the subsequent Olympics due to lack of public support. A report published in The Guardian named bidders like Stockholm, Krakow, Munich and Barcelona, which cancelled their bids due to persistent opposition from their citizens. Secondly, support for the Games from athletes is waning.
Let’s see if the inclusion of new events can draw more support to the traditional tournament in 2020.